For Immediate Release
FBI National Press Office
Crim Statistics, 1999
Crime Statistics, 1999 (pdf)
The Federal Bureau
of Investigation today released its final 1999 hate crime
data in the annual publication, Hate Crime Statistics. According
to the figures, 12,122 law enforcement agencies in 48 states
and the District of Columbia reported a total of 7,876 bias-motivated
criminal incidents to the Bureau's Uniform Crime Reporting
Program. Of the 7,876 incidents, racial bias motivated 4,295;
religious bias was associated with 1,411; sexual-orientation
bias accounted for 1,317; ethnicity/national origin bias
was the cause of 829; disability bias was connected with
19; and the remaining 5 incidents were the result of multiple
crime incidents involved 9,301 offenses (some incidents
may include more than one offense), 66.5 percent of which
were classified as crimes against persons. Intimidation,
the most frequently reported hate crime against persons,
was also the most frequently reported hate crime of all
offenses measured, accounting for 35.1 percent of the total.
In addition, destruction/damage/vandalism, the most frequently
reported crime against property, accounted for 28.5 percent
of the total. Simple assault and aggravated assault, both
crimes against persons, comprised 19.0 percent and 12.0
percent, respectively, of all reported offenses.
were murdered in incidents motivated by hate. Racial bias
motivated 9 of the murders, and sexual-orientation bias
and ethnicity/national origin bias accounted for 3 deaths
each. Two murders were motivated by religious bias.
Of the 9,802
reported hate crime victims, 82.8 percent were individuals.
Distribution figures for the remaining victim types were
other/unknown/multiple, 6.2 percent; society/public, 3.6
percent; business/financial institution, 3.2 percent; religious
organization, 2.2 percent; and government, 1.9 percent.
By bias motivation, victims of racial bias accounted for
56.3 percent of all hate crime victims in 1999. Victims
of religious bias comprised 16.5 percent of the victim total;
victims of sexual-orientation bias, 16.0 percent; victims
of ethnicity/national origin bias, 10.9 percent; and victims
of disability bias, 0.23 percent. Victims of multiple biases
accounted for the remainder of the total.
In 1999, the
highest percent of reported hate crime incidents, 28.7 percent,
occurred in/on residential properties. Incidents committed
on highways/roads/alleys/streets accounted for 18.5 percent,
16.2 percent took place in other/unknown locations, and
10.2 percent occurred at schools and colleges. The remaining
26.4 percent of incidents were widely distributed among
the 12,122 agencies that participated in the Hate Crime
Data Collection Program in 1999 represented nearly 233 million
United States inhabitants, or over 85 percent of the Nation's
population. Though the reports from these agencies are insufficient
to allow valid national or regional measure of the volume
and types of crimes motivated by hate, they offer perspectives
on the general nature of hate crime occurrence.
Crime Statistics, 1999,
can be found on the FBI's Internet site at http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm.
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